I don’t have anything to report yet on getting the Bounce Tortoise into resin because I ave been busy with work and commissioned models, but something amazing did show up in the mail yesterday. When I learned that Shapeways competitor i.materlise offer 3D prints in solid brass, I was intrigued. When I saw the example prints on their site, I knew I had to have one. The process for 3D printing to brass is to 3D print the wax and do lost wax casting. The result is polished and plated, with a variety of finishes offered. I went for the high gloss polished gold plating, and the results are stunning.
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I’ve been showing off blazing white prints for the last few posts, and I thought it was time to finally show off the detail of the Bounce Tortoise design. The WSF Polished prints have some surface texture to them, and the detail is not razor sharp, but I could not wait any longer to try painting one of these guys. This is a PBT-0xx print as shown in Adventures in Shapeways Part 2, before some changes and tweaks were made to the detail and size. It was still a blast to paint.
This 1/60 scale PBT-000 Bounce Tortoise print is not for any higher purpose or machination, I simply wanted a stainless steel print of my power suit.
In Adventures in Shapeways Part 3 I discussed the 1/60 scale Bounce Tortoise print. Today we’re going to discuss the larger, more Deluxe Bounce Tortoise in 1/35 scale, again shown next to a 1/35 scale Scopedog, and a 1/35 scale Maschinen Krieger suit.
In Adventures in Shapeways Part 2 I showed off the very first test print of the Bounce Tortoise power armor. A new shipment came earlier this week with much more exciting prints.
I know I’ve been quiet for the summer, but I finally have new things to show, but I think you guys are going to like them. In my last Adventures in Shapeways post, I showed off some basic modeling and print tests that were just a way for me to get a handle on making something on screen and having it show up at my doorstep. Now we’re into real designs, starting with the PBT-0XX Bounce Tortoise prototype. Power armor in the Starship Troopers, Dorvack, and Machinen Krieger tradition is one of my favorite things. With the infinite possibilities afforded by CAD, I decided to start with a power suit.
I received some test prints from Shapeways of a quick bot I threw together teaching myself Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5 CAD software. I used these guys to get a sense of how some on-screen details translate into plastic. I also had some problems with the largest (and most expensive) print that I’m going to report back to Shapeways.
These are just a test, but there’s more PRS 3D printed goodness in the pipe, so keep your eyes peeled!
Kaiju Kaos is a new 28mm miniature game by Bryan K. Borgman of Bailey Records. A number of smaller pewter and larger resin monster figures are available, but the game is also designed to allow kaiju collectors to use their own figures in the game. The Kaos Monster here is the flagship monster release so far, and Bryan contacted me to have me paint one. He wanted a crazy Monster Kolor sprayed figure to show off some of the crossover potential between kaiju stylings and his tabletop wargame. Tons more photos of the completed scene after the break!
In Living Kolor Boston was this weekend and it was a blast! Seven hours of driving both ways to Lot F Gallery, an awesome gallery space tucked away right in Boston, were well worth it. A ton of people showed up for both the live painting and the gallery opening, and a ton of toys got painted. Max Toy Co, Onell, and resin artist Dustin Nakagawa all provided a pile of blanks for painting. It was great to see old friends, make new ones, and see people who had never painted before try out Monster Kolor spraycans and airbrushing. I painted the mini Eyezon above, on clear green vinyl with sparkles…
…this mini Argus on red vinyl. I slathered it with pink peal, and then tried out the MK rattle can matte finish, which gave it a great finish.
I also picked up this awesome little resin by Dustin Nakagawa, named Gamusa. He’s clearly inspired by Zollmen’s Zudon, but has some differences that make him stand out, and is a perfectly sized and shaped little resin buddy. I also worked on a blank Gamusa that I will post up when I finish.
Another shot of Gamusa. The loose sprays work really well on the rough sculpt, and manage to highlight the details really well. I should also mention that this guy has a great heft to him, and seems to be cast from a really nice resin.
Cris Rose is a UK-based artist that is into analog photography and robots. His resin robots are functional, yet cute. There are back stories to all of his designs. Cris imagines a world where robots are ubiquitous servants, everywhere from industrial labor to childcare. I had a great time painting up a pack of his recent Bits and Bytes mini-sized (1/24 scale) DIY ‘bots, each with their own background. Keep in mind each of these minis is around an inch tall, and check after the fold for pics of each!